Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The North American Conference of Grand Masters

This is Potentate Thomas Little of Kena Shrine. He received myself and the Minnesota delegation at the Ronald Regan Airport.Illustrious Sir Little welcomed us to his oasis. I have never been so warmly welcomed in my life. I have Thomas pin and i will remember him for a long time.
This is the Legion of Honor of Kena Shrine.I introduced myself as being a proud member of Zuhrah Legion of Honor. When I approached them I noticed that some were highly decorated Veterans. But all were Veterans.....I like this picture alot I'm going to put it in my office.

I did have the opportunity to meet Anthony S Murry. Tony is the International Lt. Commander for the International Association Legions of Honor.
I hope to meet him again at a Imperial and we can discuss legion stuff.

This a photo taken immediately after Deputy Grandmaster John Cook discovered that he had been appointed to a committee. In this photo Grandmaster Tom McCarthy is claiming not to have any involvement. I had a good laugh all morning and afternoon. I wont tell you who told me to shut up!I'm still laughing.......

This is the Grand Master Franco Magdaleno Soto from the Grand Lodge of Baja California.
The Grand Master and his Secretary had came to Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respects to Americas Dead. We met just outside the gate.

This is the Grand Master Panajrotis Michael Joannow from the Grand Lodge of Cyprus.
Cyprus has a very interesting situation being a very diverse population and just diverse Masonic recognition situation.
With him is Past Grand Master Thomas Jackson of Minnesota.Most Worshipful Tom is very knowledgeable on the unknown processes for Recognition. He made it very interesting for me. Panjrotis is an economist by trade and I found his thoughts of the future of the value of the Euro. very interesting.

Richard Fletcher of the MSA and past Grand Master of Vermont.Every time I travel to a Grand Lodge he is always there keeping us well informed. Richard is a very interesting man as well. He volunteers at Walter Reed Army Hospital and other military hospitals in the Washington DC area. He shared with me some of his stories.
I was very touched by them. I say a special prayer for Richard and the MSA hospital program. They and our Veterans need our support.

I'm sure you recognize my good friend Chris Hodapp the author of "Freemasons for Dummies" Its always a pleasure for me to see him in person and get caught up on what he is enjoying in life.
Many of you have heard the story of him and I in the car traveling to the Minnesota Grand Lodge Annual communication

AHHHHHHHHHHHH I forgot to ask him....ya know I have purchased over 40 of his books and given them away as gifts. I was going to ask him for a bulk discount.Oh well maybe next time.

The Minnesota delegation had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Washington National Cathedral.Our Grand Lodge Secretary Daughter lives in D.C. and she brought us to this and several other locations in Washington. What a wonderful Tour guide we had.For Security reasons I will not publish her name or photo. But all Minnesota Masons knows her and her wonderful Mother...Dad is ok too.

We had the wonderful fortune of having a very special tour guide of the Cathedral Andy Seferlis. Andy's Father Constantine was a Sculpture and Carver at the Cathedral from 1960 to 1979. So Andy basically grew up in the place. Andy was wonderful because he know every room,stair case, stained glass window and most importantly his lecture of Gargoyles and Grotesques.Which I have many pictures here for you to appreciate.
Walking with Andy I glad I paid attention in my Humanities classes.

Past Grand Master Thomas Jackson standing near a quote of Sir Winston Churchill

I had never seen a sculpture in a church of a man with a gun before. But this is an
American Gothic Cathedral. I thought it was very interesting.

These pictures are at the George Washington Masonic memorial
Celebrating its 100 year Anniversary. It was a Gala Affair.

These are the Principal Officers of Alexander-Washington Lodge #22.One the left I believe Junior Warden John Olson, Worshipful Master Andrew Hammer, Senior Warden Michael Baily. I gathered the information in a whisper and a hurry so forgive me if I got you mixed up.
Worshipful Master Hammer gave a most beautiful speech that day. He is British and gives the office much dignity and respect.

The following photos are the actual meeting of the Grand Master of North America.

I was very quiet standing in the back trying not to be noticed. I listened took careful notes and took a few photos. The whole time I was there I never heard the terms"New World Order, One world government, Illuminati etc etc etc sorry couldn't help myself. he he he

One the left is the Grand Master of Mississippi. On the Right is the Deputy Grand Master of Minnesota.

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